passage

noun
pas·​sage | \ ˈpa-sij How to pronounce passage (audio) \

Definition of passage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a way of exit or entrance : a road, path, channel, or course by which something passes Special ships clear passages through the ice. nasal passages
b : a corridor or lobby giving access to the different rooms or parts of a building or apartment Her office is at the end of the passage.
2a : the action or process of passing from one place, condition, or stage to another the passage of food through the digestive system
b : death sense 1a when he is fit and seasoned for his passage— William Shakespeare
c : a continuous movement or flow the passage of time
3a(1) : a specific act of traveling or passing especially by sea or air a long ocean passage
(2) : a privilege of conveyance as a passenger : accommodations was able to secure passage on the next flight
b : the passing of a legislative measure or law : enactment a bill's passage into law
4 : a right, liberty, or permission to pass attempted to force passage through the town— C. A. Willoughby
5a : something that happens or is done : incident The soldier related some exciting passages.
b : something that takes place between two persons mutually the passage of vows between bride and groom
6a : a usually brief portion of a written work or speech that is relevant to a point under discussion or noteworthy for content or style quoted a passage from the Bible
b : a phrase or short section of a musical composition The violinist played the challenging passages with great virtuosity.
c : a detail of a work of art (such as a painting) the picture contains several pretty passages of color— Clive Bell
7 : the act or action of passing something or undergoing a passing The computer facilitates the rapid passage of information.
8 : incubation (see incubate sense 1b) of a pathogen (such as a virus) in culture, a living organism, or a developing egg

passage

verb
passaged; passaging

Definition of passage (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go past or across : cross

transitive verb

: to subject to passage passaged a virus

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of passage in a Sentence

Noun We squeezed through a narrow passage between the rocks. Special ships clear passages through the ice. The medicine makes breathing easier by opening nasal passages. They controlled the passage of goods through their territory. the passage of food through the digestive system the passage of air into and out of the lungs the passage from life to death the passage of the seasons He left after the passage of a few hours. With the passage of time, the number of children suffering with the disease has decreased dramatically.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here's at what happened Tuesday ahead of the eventual passage of the resolution: Moderate Republicans pushed for McConnell to tweak resolution Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "The rules for the Trump impeachment trial are set after fiery marathon Senate session: Here's what happened," 24 Jan. 2020 More from Many Chinas, Many Tables: • Right of passage: Three generations at work in Henry’s Hunan restaurants in San Francisco. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Policing hospital wards instead of city streets," 23 Jan. 2020 The triple-forte climax of the passage was marked by a groaningly obvious sequence of explosions on the screen. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Operatic Shows of Force," 6 Jan. 2020 The timing of the act’s passage forged a bizarre gap between the release of works from 1922 and those from 1923, which entered the public domain on January 1, 2019. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Start of 2020 Ushers Thousands of Once-Copyrighted Works Into the Public Domain," 2 Jan. 2020 The goal of the fish passage is to expand the habitat of native fish above and below the river, thereby improving their health. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Better delay than err': Latest Kletzsch Park dam proposal stalled by questions, concerns," 24 Dec. 2019 Hosting a concert and misrepresenting your intentions to the building's owner is an important right of passage in the music business. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "How a Teenager Turned a Denny's Into the Best Punk Club Ever, For One Night Only," 19 Dec. 2019 At the time of the TCJA's passage, the White House vowed that slashing corporate taxes would unleash economic growth and provide higher wages for workers. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Hundreds of companies saw tax rate plunge to 11.3% under Trump tax reform," 17 Dec. 2019 Yet since the 1960s, the hospital and intensive care unit have become places of passage as people approach the end. Haider J. Warraich, STAT, "More Americans are dying at home. Is that a good thing?," 11 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the lawmakers refused in a crucial follow-up vote to put legislation enacting Britain’s departure on a fast track to passage, which could have enabled Johnson to meet his deadline of leaving the EU by Oct. 31. BostonGlobe.com, "LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a damaging setback Tuesday in his quest to take Britain out of the European Union, losing a critical vote in Parliament and raising the prospect he might shelve his withdrawal deal and toss the debate over Brexit to the voters in an election.," 22 Oct. 2019 Bag ban ban: A state bill that would pre-empt Cuyahoga County and other local governments from banning or taxing single-use plastic bags moved one step closer to passage on Wednesday, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio House wants to rewrite school funding: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 27, 2019," 27 June 2019 With a 53-47 Republican majority in the Senate, just three additional Republican supporters could bring the resolution to passage. Natalie Andrews And Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Congress to Weigh Measures to Nullify Trump’s Emergency Order," 21 Feb. 2019 Trails offer visitors passage into forests of sabal palms and live oaks draped in Spanish moss, ponds busy with herons, kingfishers and waterfowl, and riparian wetlands skirting the banks of the Rio Grande. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Eco-tourists enjoy Rio Grande Valley as threat of a border wall threatens habitat," 15 Apr. 2018 If Trump backs it, that could propel the measure to passage. Tal Kopan And Lauren Fox, CNN, "Republicans unveil DACA citizenship-border wall compromise bill," 14 June 2018 And in each of those situations, votes from Kansas City area lawmakers either pushed a bill to passage or helped prevent a measure from making it to Gov. Jeff Colyer. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "That bill you love, that bill you hate? A KC area lawmaker likely cast a key vote | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Their support, along with their conservative colleagues, could have pushed the bill to passage. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "That bill you love, that bill you hate? A KC area lawmaker likely cast a key vote | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Council Clerk and Community Services Director Keith Benjamin worked behind the scenes in seeing the ordinance through to passage. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "South Euclid City Council passes controversial anti-discrimination ordinance," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of passage

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1824, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of passage was in the 13th century

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7 Feb 2020

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“Passage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passaging. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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passage

noun
How to pronounce passage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of passage

: a long, narrow space that connects one place to another
: a narrow space that people or things can move through
: an act of moving or passing from one place or state to another

passage

noun
pas·​sage | \ ˈpa-sij How to pronounce passage (audio) \

Kids Definition of passage

1 : a space or path by which something or someone can go through
2 : a brief part of a speech or written work
3 : the act or process of going from one place or condition to another Our ship made a smooth passage.
4 : the act of approving a law
5 : a right or permission to go as a passenger She obtained passage aboard the ship.

passage

noun
pas·​sage | \ ˈpas-ij How to pronounce passage (audio) \

Medical Definition of passage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action or process of passing from one place, condition, or stage to another the passage of air from the lungsEncyclopedia Americana
2 : an anatomical channel the nasal passages
3 : a movement or an evacuation of the bowels
4a : an act or action of passing something or undergoing a passing passage of a catheter through the urethra
b : incubation of a pathogen (as a virus) in a tissue culture, a developing egg, or a living organism to increase the amount of pathogen or to alter its characteristics several passages of the virus through mice
passaged; passaging

Medical Definition of passage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to passage the virus has been passaged in series seven timesJournal of the American Medical Association

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